Snow advisory today, chain controls on roads |

Snow advisory today, chain controls on roads

A set of cold storms that rolled in Thursday morning brought chain controls to some highways and a snow advisory through 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento said a winter storm watch will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday and last through Saturday morning.

Caltrans said at 10:55 a.m. that chain controls are in effect on Highway 20 six miles above Nevada City to the Interstate 80 junction. Drivers will have to use chains in the west and eastbound lanes on I-80 from Gold Run to the Donner Lake Interchange.

Eastbound trucks on I-80 will be screened for chains at Applegate, with westbound trucks checked five miles west of Reno. In Sierra County chains or snow tires are required on Highway 49 from Sierra City to Sattley.

Nevada County residents saw snow at Cascade Shores and on the outskirts of Nevada City this morning. It was hailing in Nevada City at 8:30 a.m. and snow on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley at 9:15 a.m.

Snow levels that started at 3,000 and 4,000 feet this morning will dip to 2,000 feet by this evening. According to the National Weather Service in Sacramento, snow levels will continue to drop by Friday to 1,500 feet and to 1,000 feet or below by Saturday morning.

A foot of snow is expected to accumulate at the higher elevations by Saturday morning, with three to seven inches possible at 2,000 feet. Lesser amounts will fall below there, with a possibility of snow on the Sacramento Valley floor.

There is a possibility the wet weather will last until Thursday next week.

Travelers going to the valley can at least expect rain and thunderstorms through Saturday with possible hail and strong, gusty winds. Caltrans is advising drivers to give themselves plenty of time to make destinations.

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